"Are You Kind to your Heart?" Quiz

If your heart could talk, would it sound more like Rodney Dangerfield ("I don’t get no respect!")? Or like Sally Field ("You like me … you really like me!")? Like most of us, you probably figure your ticker will go on pumping tomorrow just like it did today. But consider for a moment the admirable job it does. On an average day, the mighty muscle beats about 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood. So what about it? Do you give your heart the care it deserves? Take this quiz to find out.


My idea of exercise is:


Your typical fast-food order is:


At the mall, I usually:


You’re stuck in a traffic jam. What’s your reaction?


Which would be more likely to appear on your dinner plate?


When it comes to your cholesterol levels, you:


You tend to snack on:


When it comes to smoking, you:


When you want to relax, you:


Chicken is on the menu tonight. What will it be?


Your weight is:


Since your doctor prescribed high blood pressure medication, you:


Your apartment or workplace is on the third floor, so you:


Your boss asks you to oversee an urgent project that must be completed in three hours. You:


You have a family history of heart disease:

If You Answered…

Mostly a’s. You may feel fine today, but down the road, your "heartless" decisions will take a toll. Luckily, you still have a chance to get back on a healthy track. Make an effort to eat right and become more active. If you’re still smoking, stop. And get regular checkups.

Mostly b’s. Now is the time to strengthen your commitment to healthy living. Boost your activity level, manage your stress levels and continue to work with your doctor to control cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Mostly c’s. Congratulations. You give your heart the necessary care and respect. And you’ll have much to show for it: better health, more energy and a longer life. The key is to maintain your commitment and not let yourself get sidetracked by a rough patch—an illness, say, or a stressful event such as a job loss or divorce.

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